March 24, 2016 |
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Eagles re-signed Sam Bradford and committed more than $140 million in guaranteed money this offseason, and owner Jeffrey Lurie expects the team to be a playoff contender in Doug Pederson's first season. He said the moves were made, however, to improve the team's long-term outlook. "We expect to compete for the division title," Lurie said Tuesday at the NFL's annual meetings. "But at the same time . . . it's maximizing short term, maximizing mid-term, maximizing long term.
March 11, 2016 |
The Kansas City Chiefs were docked two draft picks and fined by the NFL for violating the league's anti-tampering policy because of "improper contact" with Jeremy Maclin when the wide receiver left the Eagles for Kansas City last offseason. The Chiefs lost a 2016 third-round pick and a 2017 sixth-round pick and were fined $250,000. Andy Reid, the former Eagles coach who now coaches the Chiefs, was fined $75,000. General manager John Dorsey was fined $25,000. The league said the Chiefs had "direct communications" with Maclin during the open negotiating period.
March 7, 2016 |
Howie Roseman is cautious about getting too excited over the Eagles' salary-cap space going into free agency, because he knows what's in some other teams' accounts. Roseman, the Eagles' executive vice president of football operations, has about $17 million in cap space at his disposal. The Eagles can start negotiating with any free agent on Monday, and players can sign elsewhere on Wednesday. A portion of the money must be allocated to signing draft picks. The Eagles could always open more space by adjusting contracts or releasing or trading players in the next few days.
February 4, 2016 |
THE KNEE-JERK reaction is to say Vinny Curry wouldn't have gotten his new five-year, $47.25 million contract had the Eagles remained a 3-4 defensive team, under Chip Kelly. But deposed defensive coordinator Bill Davis constantly talked up Curry's ability to get pass-rush pressure during the 2015 season, even though Curry's sack numbers fell from nine in 2014 to 3 1/2. Davis and other Eagles coaches felt Curry was a consistent force in pushing the pocket. To be a starter, though, a 3-4 end has to be a run-stopper, and that isn't Curry's game.
January 12, 2016 |
DEFENSIVE LINE Grade: C-plus Even though he had to deal with constant double-teams, Fletcher Cox was a disruptive force all season, finishing with a team-high 9 1/2 sacks, 32 hurries and 16 1/2 tackles for losses and receiving an overdue Pro Bowl invitation. With so much attention focused on him, it should've opened up playmaking opportunities for his linemates and linebackers. But nose tackle Bennie Logan, who battled injuries much of the season, wasn't the unstoppable backfield penetrator he was the year before.
December 24, 2015 |
SATURDAY'S PLAYOFF elimination game against Washington will be the first the Eagles have played in the Chip Kelly era without Bennie Logan as a force on the defensive line. Backup Beau Allen and defensive end Cedric Thornton will try to bridge a significant gap in a struggling defense, probably for more than just this one game. "Bennie's one of my best friends. I love him. He said he'll be out a couple weeks. Hopefully, we'll be in the playoffs, he'll come back," Thornton said Wednesday.
December 15, 2015 |
Nelson Agholor's frustrating rookie season had its highlight Sunday when he caught a 53-yard touchdown pass in the Eagles' 23-20 win over the Buffalo Bills. It was his first career touchdown and a positive sign for an offense that badly needs production from its first-round pick. "It felt great, obviously, because it was a play that helped us out," Agholor said. "It was not just a touchdown just because, it was a touchdown that put us in position to make other plays. . . . I don't worry about [what took so long to score]
December 8, 2015 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Miles Austin was sidelined in the Eagles' 35-28 win over the New England Patriots on Sunday as a healthy scratch. The Eagles played first-year receiver Jonathan Krause over Austin. Although coach Chip Kelly said the move was not a statement, it was a clear decision to sit the veteran receiver whose production has not matched his playing time. "Krause is just a guy that has shown up in practice every since day, and we felt like we wanted to give him an opportunity to play," Kelly said of the change.
December 6, 2015 |
Ryan Mathews will miss a second straight game and the status of Jason Peters and Cedric Thornton is still unclear as the Eagles travel to New England for Sunday's game against the Patriots. Mathews was ruled out on Friday after not practicing this week. He suffered a concussion on Nov. 15 against Miami. The Eagles rushed for just 68 yards without Mathews on Thanksgiving against Detroit. Peters, who is dealing with back and ankle injuries, was a full participant at practice each day this week.
October 30, 2015 |
WHILE THE 204 rushing yards they gave up to the Carolina Panthers Sunday night might indicate otherwise, the truth is the Eagles have quietly built a pretty good defense. They are first in the league in takeaways, ninth in points allowed, sixth in opponent passer rating, and until Jonathan Stewart and Cam Newton and Ted Ginn came along, they had the league's third-best defensive rushing average (3.5 yards allowed per carry) and hadn't allowed an individual 100-yard rusher in 18 games.